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adjective or adverb

sfor·​zan·​do sfȯrt-ˈsän-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce sforzando (audio)
: played with prominent stress or accent
used as a direction in music


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plural sforzandos or sforzandi sfȯrt-ˈsän-(ˌ)dē How to pronounce sforzando (audio)
: an accented tone or chord

Examples of sforzando in a Sentence

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Adjective or adverb
Remember that sforzando on the whole note attached to the eighth must be strict. Variety, 2 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Adjective or adverb

Italian, verbal of sforzare to force

First Known Use

Adjective Or Adverb

circa 1801, in the meaning defined above


1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sforzando was circa 1801

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Cite this Entry

“Sforzando.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sforzando. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: played with special stress or accent
used as a direction in music
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